Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1048 times:
I have two or three CDs where the last song "continues" for ages - without a sound. For example R. Williams "I've been expecting you" album with "These Dreams" 31 minutes long (The actual song is just 4-5 minutes, the rest is pure silence with one or two short nice tunes near the end of the 30 minutes). I think I also have a Pet Shop Boys CD with the same feature on "Go West" - the last track on that CD.
So why does this occur? Is this a protection against illegal copying of the CDs? Or is it just some oddity of the particular artists? Or do they do that to fill up the CD? I am confused - and I absolutely hate it, especially as in these two cases it is my favourite songs on the albums that are affected...
Thanks a lot for any replies by people knowledgeable about the music industry...
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1014 times:
Stratlifter is probably correct in his assertion of "hidden tracks" that were in vogue awhile back.
I can't think of any other reason. It certainly wouldn't have any effect on copying the CD's.
And I doubt it has anything to do with "filling" the CD, because, unlike tapes, it makes little difference how much is recorded on a CD. It will play fine whether it has one 2-minute track is on it, or if it's jammed to the max of 80 minutes.
Whatever amount of disc space is left once it has been finalized is simply skipped or leftover space. No CD player will pick it up, unlike a tape that has 5 minutes of blank tape left that can still be played.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7839 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1003 times:
Sometimes the hidden tracks are the gems on the CD too. On Sponge's Wax Estatic the hidden track is one of the best songs on the entire CD. The most recent CD that I have that has a hidden track is DMB's "Before These Crowded Streets." Which also has a lot of inter-track stuff too, which is kinda nice and brings the entire CD together. Ben Fold's Five "Whatever and Ever Amen," has a little of this, but apparently not all have it.
But I still think the hidden tracks and the inter-track stuff is a much better gimmick than that enhanced CD garbage. It is a little reminiscent of the "B side" stuff that was on those old 45s.
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